Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Wednesday's 99 Word Review: Veronica Mars

Irina D. is back, and she's oozing some serious love for a new UPN offering. Can a show on UPN actually be worth watching? Let's find out... and yes, she keeps the luuuurve to 99 words.

It's hard for me to describe my love for Veronica Mars without hyperbole. It's Buffy without vamps! It's Alias in a high school! It's Twin Peaks without all that weird shit! But it's a brilliantly written, well-acted drama with a terrific cast, especially the star, Kristen Bell. The plot centers around the mysterious murder of Veronica's best friend Lilly Kane and the ensuing drama. Is Veronica's father really her father? Was she unknowingly carrying on an incestuous relationship with her brother? Why did they recast Veronica's dog? Veronica Mars is my favorite new show of the season. Watch it.--Irina D.

TVGS Rating: 4 test patterns out of 4

"Veronica Mars" airs Tuesday nights at 9pm et/pt on ABC.

Sopranos: Will the hits keep on coming?

Emmy winning Sopranos star and certain-to-be-forever-typecast-as-an-evil-mobster James Gandolfini won't rule out more episodes after the next (and, supposedly, final) season wraps shooting next year.

I'm sure it has everything to do with storylines and character arcs, and nothing to do with the payoff G will rake in, considering salary and back-end DVD sales. With Six Feet Under turning into worm food, and less than smash hits Carnivale and Entourage, HBO can stand to keep the hit show, so they'll likely shell out big time. Consider it paying off the vig- and the interest.

Next December on Fox: "A Charlie Brown Chrismukkah?"

First it was hott, lesbian kisses (see yesterday's TVGS).... now today's shameless attempt to keep The O.C. in the news: Lloyd Grove's Lowdown (NY Daily News) reports a possible trademark war over the hybrid holiday "Chrismukkah".

This is "intellectual property?" Looks like I'd better hurry up and trademark "Eastover" before springtime.

Alley to Hollywood: "Eat this!"

Even though Kirstie Alley has pledged to drop a few hundred pounds- on the cover of People, no less- she's still forging ahead with her new show, Fat Actress.

I must admit, I'm still taken aback every time I see what this former Cheers chippie looks like these days. We're still trying to confirm the rumor she devoured George Wendt, who hasn't been seen alive since the show's swan song.

Rohm Dismissed; Enter Parisse

Blank-faced blonde Elizabeth Rohm shot her tear-filled Law & Order finale yesterday. She never really was my favorite ADA (Jill Hennessey in, er... younger days, anyone?) so I'll spare the sappy eulogizing.

National Treasure's Annie Parisse will replace her (picture above). Come on... Tara Reid wasn't available?

Tuesday Trivia Solved!

Tuesday's question: which statement about "The Jeffersons" is false?

A) George Jefferson was a navy veteran.
B) The Jeffersons' neighbor, Harry Bentely, worked as a translator at the United Nations.
C) Though it is rarely mentioned on the show, the name of the building the Jeffersons live in is called "Colby East".
D) George paid Tom $20,000 for part ownership in the building’s bar.

The phony item is

D) George paid Tom $20,000 for part ownership in the building’s bar.

He only paid $15k. So there.

DotDots... Wednesday News Roundup

Lifetime's Nanny reunion sure was A Nosh to Remember- for them, anyway- as it drew the cable network's second-biggest audience for a special, like, ever. Word is they're looking to resurrect the rotting corpse of Robert Stack for the upcoming Unsolved Mysteries reunion- no confirmation yet... In Golden Globe red carpet news... disturbingly disfigured Joan Rivers and her talentless spawn return to host TV Guide Channel's coverage, while unwatchable biotch Star Jones Reynolds will cover the festivities for E! Of course, when Star took the gig, she assumed the red carpet was actually a big strawberry fruit roll-up. No word yet whether she'll honor her commitment...

The Amazing (Ratings) Race: CBS Strong, ABC in Heaven

Win: CBS, averaging 13 million viewers.
Place: ABC, averaging 10.4 million.
Show: NBC, 10.37 million
Bringing up the rear: Fox (6.6 million), UPN (3.6 million), WB 3.5 million.

TVGS analysis: Rerun of CSI still whups NBC's fading Apprentice, although the 'Cockers still edged out an 18-49 win for the night... ABC held on to win Sunday, despite benching their biggest hit for a week. We don't know anyone who admits to watching Mitch Albom's Heaven, but obviously, quite a few tasteless simps did. Maybe they were too shocked at the pre-emption of Desperate Housewives to change the channel... With 15.4 million viewers, Tom Brokaw's final NBC Nightly News broadcast would have ranked #14 for the week, were it in prime-time. Brokaw even out-drew Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, fer chrissakes. And Brian Williams, Tom's replacement, has guided NBC's sleigh on top thus far.

Nielsen Media Research's 10 most watched prime-time shows for the week ending Sunday:

1. CSI, CBS, 24.7 million viewers
2. CSI: Miami, CBS, 22.7 million viewers
3. Survivor: Vanuatu, CBS, 19.5 million viewers
4. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 18.7 million viewers
5. Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven, ABC, 18.6 million viewers
6. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 17.9 million viewers
7. Without a Trace, CBS, 17.7 million viewers
8. ER, NBC, 17.67 million viewers
9. Monday Night Football, ABC, 17.4 million viewers
10. Lost, ABC, 17.2 million viewers